Anthropolgie, a chic clothing and home decor retailer, is one of my favorite places to shop. Their items always have some small detail that make them special. I wish I could dress and decorate as chic yet nonchalantly as the people in their catalog (insert daydream here). But I don’t have $24 to spend on […]

Recently I taught a group of 12 and 13-year-old girls a church lesson about the importance of keeping a journal. (Excuse me while I climb on my soap box.) We have a great opportunity to share our lives with our children, our grandchildren, and generations beyond if we write down the thoughts and events of […]

We thought we share a tutorial on how to make a paper corsage.  The benefit to making these is they last much longer than real flowers and you can get creative by using different color cardstock.  These would make fun Mother’s Day gifts for all the special ladies in your life. Supplies for Paper Corsage: […]

You’ve might have seen seed paper recently.  It is homemade paper with flower seeds in it.  When it is planted in the ground and given lots of TLC it will bloom into beautiful flowers you can enjoy.  Here is a tutorial for a project using seed paper. First, you need to make the paper. Use […]

Paper garlands are a beautiful accent for any party or home decor.  They are really easy to make and can match any theme. First, you will need to start with cardstock punched out in your desired shape. You can use punches, die cut machines, a Cricut, or just plain scissors. Next, you will need to […]

It may be a balmy 45 degrees here in Seattle, but we still get cold feet at night! That’s why we made up a bunch of these rice heat therapy bags to keep us warm. These are instructions for a mini bag, but a larger bag for shoulder, back, or leg pain is easy to […]

Here is a simple (and inexpensive) gift that is sure to warm the homes of anyone that is lucky enough to receive it. Just take the ingredients above and add a few more items and you have yourself sweet smelling holiday potpourri. First, gather up the following: One large apple One large orange One large […]

It’s November — let the cooking and entertaining begin!  The holidays are almost here. If you are like us, you are busy planning meals, baking, and entertaining.  Why not impress your guests with cute kitchen accessories in addition to your fantastic rolls or pie.  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a stylish kitchen […]

Scarves are not only functional, but super stylish. If you don’t have time (or inclination) to knit or crochet one, cut one instead. Seriously–it’s that easy. Find a rayon/cotton knit or jersey knit–something that is soft and has a little stretch. If you find 60″ width fabric you can get four single-layer scarves out of […]

Here are a two simple crafts you can do using items found in your own flower garden. Make these fun and fragrant flower sachets. Instructions: Simple Lavender Sachet If you have lavender, now is a great time to snip a few off and dry them. Once your lavender is dry, you can gently rub the […]

Who can say no to a cupcake?  These yummy looking goodies are not only pretty to the eye, they are also a lovely way to pamper yourself.  Now, it is hard to believe that these are not for you to eat, but trust us–you don’t want to take a bite out of these little cakes.  […]

I’m excited to share yet another fabulous site contributing regularly to Make and Takes, Little Birdie Secrets. Three crafty ladies make up the Little Birdies, a blog who’s projects are bookmarked as “must do” in my inbox. These ladies will be sharing something crafty for the home the second Tuesday of every month. Summer is […]

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